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Blue Planet, The Series

Synopsis
A comprehensive study of the natural history of the oceans, revealing life and behaviour that has never before been filmed and in some cases has only recently become known to scientists.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2001
Notes
Programmes broadcast weekly on BBC1 beginning 12/9/2001
Website on the series at www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/blueplanet
Subjects
Biology; Environmental science
Keywords
Antarctic; Arctic; coral reefs; marine animals; marine ecosystems; marine plants; ocean floor; oceanography; shorelines; tides

Credits

Contributor
David Attenborough

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
400 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
Blue planet - introduction
Synopsis
1: Discusses the importance of the oceans to our planet - over 70% of the surface is covered by the sea. Oceans dominate the world's weather systems and support an enormous variety of life from the blue whale to the tiniest plankton.

Title
Deep, The
Synopsis
2: 60% of the Earth's surface is covered by ocean more than a mile deep, and only a handful of submarines are capable of diving that deep. Looks at the strange life forms which inhabit the deep.

Title
Open ocean
Synopsis
3: The open ocean covers more than 360 million square kms of the Earth's surface. Much of it is a marine desert, with virtually no sign of life, but somehow the fastest and most powerful predators in the world survive thousands of miles out to sea.

Title
Frozen seas
Synopsis
4: For most of the year both poles are dark and bitterly cold, but they still support life. Antarctica is a continent, a land mass in its own right, surrounded by ice, where Emperor penguins winter in temperatures below -50 degrees Celsius. The Arctic is

Title
Seasonal seas
Synopsis
5: There are some seas where fish swarm in millions and plankton blossoms in vast clouds. The sheer quantity of life here is unmatched anywhere in the oceans. Bordering the temperate parts of the world, where conditions change throughout the year, these a

Title
Coral seas
Synopsis
6: Bathed in warm, clear tropical waters, coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea.

Title
Tidal seas
Synopsis
7: The force of the tides is enough to move oceans. Looks at the mechanism of tides, their seasonal effects, and how they affect the behaviour of animals including crabs, racoons and dolphins.

Title
Coasts
Synopsis
8: Where land meets sea nothing stands still, and the challenge is to live with the constant change. For this reason many animals at the coast do not stay for long and there are some strange visitors - killer whales beach themselves at high speed, walruse

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Shop

Email
bbcshop@bbc.co.uk
Web
http://www.bbcshop.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 9799
Fax
01795 414 555
Address
PO Box 308
Sittingbourne
ME9 8LW
Notes
The BBC Shop closed on March 29th 2016. It was replaced by the BBC Store (www.bbcstore.com) where many BBC programmes can be bought and downloaded in digital format only. The BBC continues to make many of its programmes available on DVD and Blu-Ray but these are now only available from other online retailers.
 

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